Former President Donald Trump holds a commanding lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican rivals in South Carolina, according to a new National Research Inc. poll commissioned by American Greatness. The survey of 500 likely South Carolina Republican Primary voters was conducted on May 24-25, 2023.
According to poll, Trump has a 25-point lead over DeSantis on a multi-candidate ballot, 43 percent to 18 percent. Twelve percent of likely voters said they would voted for South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and another 10 percent said they support former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Thirteen percent of N.C. likely voters said they were undecided, or had other preferences.
On the question of favorability, Trump leads DeSantis by only six points, with 72 percent to 66 percent. However, slightly more S.C likely voters had an unfavorable opinion of Trump versus DeSantis, 25 percent to 24 percent.
Trump also holds a commanding lead over Governor DeSantis on the question of who primary voters feel is the best candidate to improve our economy (60 percent to 11 percent) and is seen as a stronger voice against far-left progressives (42 percent to 20 percent).
Additionally, S.C. Republicans see Trump as more compassionate to their needs (36 percent to 19 percent). Trump holds a marginal lead over DeSantis (34 percent to 29 percent) when it comes to which candidate has the best chance to defeat Joe Biden in the general election.
The top concern among S.C. primary voters (20 percent) is stopping liberal politicians and the policies they are trying to enact in Washington, DC. Other top concern are the crisis at the border, taxes and the cost of living, and protecting the integrity of our elections.
The margin of error for this National Research Inc. poll is +/- 4.38% at the 95 percent confidence interval.